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212                   HISTORY OF PERSIA                  CIIAT>
up the water very high, and in it there were some red
apples. The lord was seated cross-legged, on silken
embroidered carpets, amongst round pillows. He was
dressed in a robe of silk, with a high white hat on his
head, on the top of which there was a spinel ruby, with
pearls and precious stones round it. As soon as the
ambassadors saw the lord, they made a reverential bow,
placing the knee on the ground, and crossing the arms
on the breast; then they went forward and made another
and then a third, remaining with their knees on the
ground. The lord ordered them to rise and come
forward ; and the knights, who had held them until then,
let them go. Three Mirzas, or Secretaries, who stood
before the lord, came and took the ambassadors by the
arms, and led them forward until they stood together
before the lord. This was done that the lord might
see them better ; for his eyesight was bad, being so old
that the eyelids had fallen down entirely. He had not
given them his hand to kiss, for it was not the custom
of any great lord to kiss his hand ; but he asked after
the king, saying, c How is my son the king ? is he in good
health ?' When the ambassadors had answered, Timur
Beg turned to the knights who were seated around him,
amongst whom were one of the sons of Toktamish, the
former emperor of Tartary, several chiefs of the blood
of the late emperor of Samarcand, and others of the
family of the lord himself, and said : * Behold, here are
the ambassadors sent by my son, the king of Spain, who
is the greatest king of the Franks, and lives at the end
of the world. These Franks are truly a great people,
and I will give my benediction to the king of Spain, my
son. It would have sufficed if he had sent you to me
with the letter, and without the presents, so well satisfied
am I to hear of his health and prosperous state.7"
Clavijo describes the beautiful gardens with their tiled
palaces where banquets were given. The ambassador,
who was invited, marvelled at the gorgeous tents, one
of which " was so large and high that from a distance
it looked like a castle ; and it was a very wonderful thing
to see, and possessed more beauty than it is possible to